7-Step Roadmap (Steps leading up to, including and following the 2010 General Elections)
|Title:|| ||Myanmar leaves old dichotomies behind
|Date of publication:|| ||14 March 2014|
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The rise of Myanmese President Thein Sein's quasi-civilian government in 2011 was met largely with skepticism that his administration would be a continuation of military rule by different means. Such concerns were justified, as Thein Sein had served as prime minister under the previous ruling military junta.
First introduced as the "seven step roadmap" to democracy in
2003, the entire democratic "reform" process was designed and implemented exclusively by the ruling generals. The culmination of this process resulted in the staging and rigging of the 2010 general elections to ensure the victory of the military's political surrogate, the Union of Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), led by a number of recently retired senior military officers.
To be sure, the military's manipulation of the electoral process and new democratic structures has been obvious. The exact motivations behind the military's introduction of a new democratic order and move away from direct military rule are still unclear. The implication of such an extensive reconfiguration of the state is, however, significant in its own right..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Adam P MacDonald|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"Asia Times Online"|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||28 May 2014|